When our lives are filled with the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives we seldom take time to be quiet and rest in Lord Jesus. As part of my daily devotions I read through the Word of God each year. Part of my daily devotional routine is starting on January 1 reading a Psalm a day for the first five months the year. Sometimes the Psalm for the day really speaks to my heart about what is happening in my life or what is happening in the world. This past Sunday morning was one of those occasions. This weekend we had the most massive snowstorm that I’ve ever experienced in my entire life. When the decision was made on Saturday to cancel church for Sunday I knew that my week would be significantly altered. It has been almost 5 years since we last cancelled church at NDC on Sunday morning so I don’t take that decision lightly. But Sunday morning as I was reading the Psalm for the day (Ps.24) I was struck by the significance of the words of the Psalmist when he writes, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it; for he found it upon the seas and established it upon the waters,” (24:1,2 NIV). We live in a culture that is tremendously preoccupied with itself. Think of the focus of “selfies” in recent years, which is a reflection of our worldview being consumed with self. I’m not sure any culture has ever been so consumed with itself as the culture we currently live in. In the midst of that mankind is oblivious to the sovereignty of the divine King of Kings. We are a very narcissistic society and many focus on self-indulgence and self-pleasure. In the midst of this cultural setting it’s significant for us to know that there is a God who is ultimately in control of everything. Periodically God will break through our busyness to put the breaks on everything that we think is important in our lives. This Psalm spoke so clearly to my heart on Sunday morning as I reflected on the great Creator who had brought about a snowstorm that stopped life in its tracks. Why did this Psalm strike me as so significant? I know I have been created and designed to be in a relationship with the One who created and designed this universe. The closeness I experienced that morning as I reflected on the awesomeness of God’s incredible power reminded me that I really have very little control over anything in my life. When I went out later on that morning to try and remove my cars from under 2 ½ feet of snow it was with the knowledge that this was the God given task for me to do that morning.
Everything in the world belongs to God. Jesus Christ is Lord of all and God has an undisputed right to do whatever He wants. An inventor, after obtaining a patent, has exclusive ownership over his invention; a designer has exclusive ownership over his design and a builder has exclusive ownership over his building; but our God is the creator of the universe and He has exclusive ownership over everything. At best we need to seek to serve Him as faithful stewards, realizing that He is the one that orders our lives and our time. God made the earth as a spark of His splendor and majesty. It is by His grace that we live and breathe. We are wealthy beyond compare to all other generations of people. Let us never forget the source of that wealth is the kindness of our great God in heaven who controls everything. Later in the Psalm the Psalmist writes, “lift up your heads, o you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the Lord of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, o you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty – he is the King of glory. Selah”, (24:7-10 NIV). The word “Selah” here is probably a musical note that means stop and pause. Spiritually at times we need to stop and reflect on the King of glory. Who is this King of glory? We believe it is the Lord Jesus Christ who we read about in John’s Gospel when John writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and says, “through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made,” (1:2 NIV). Jesus is indeed the King of glory who sustains all things. The psalmist anticipates the long awaited Messiah who will finally come and rule. We know that Jesus is ruling in the hearts of His children who have trusted Him by faith. We need to pause and reflect on His grandeur and greatness.
One last thought I would like to share with you in my blog pertains to the date today. As I am writing this blog it is January 28, it was exactly 30 years ago this morning that the Challenger space shuttle disaster occurred. I remember it well. In fact I can close my eyes and envision that space shuttle exploding. The Challenger was one of man’s greatest accomplishments. It was a marvel of technology and science and yet in a second, because of frozen O-rings, seven people went immediately into the presence of the Lord. Let us again pause and reflect on that event. We need to at times acknowledge the great mystery of our God who allows tragedies to happen in our world. At times we need to be reminded of the fact that we really are not the ones that are in control. God can bring a snowstorm to stop all of our hustle and bustle or God can allow a Challenger disaster to make us stop and consider what are we living for or what’s important in our lives? Jesus is still the King of glory, are we taking time to reflect on Him and yield our lives in agreement to His plan for our lives? Take a moment to consider the answer to that question! And by the way, how were your Sunday plans altered this past weekend? Drop me a note and let me know.
Pastor Rich Sivo